Use a classic Halloween rhyme as your inspiration to get started with hands-on Preschool STEM activities.
Challenge your student’s thinking and problem-solving skills as they create their own unique solution to this Halloween STEAM activity.
STEAM is the combination of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. STEAM activities help promote essential 21st-century skills, which is important in preparing our children for an unknown future.
STEAM Challenge: Can you build a structure to support five little pumpkins?
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Five Little Pumpkins By Dan Yaccarino
Orange Bottle Caps (We used orange caps from applesauce pouches).
Read the story The Five Little Pumpkins or watch the video. There are many versions of this classic Halloween rhyme.
Ask: How can we build a structure that can hold five pumpkins?
Imagine: Give students time to experiment and build with the materials.
Plan: Discuss and collaborate together. Students may wish to draw their design.
Create: Build your structure.
Experiment: Test your structure. Can your structure hold all five pumpkins?
Improve: Discuss how you can improve your building. Allow students time to redesign their structure. Can the structure hold more than five pumpkins? Can you make your structure higher?
Share: Draw a picture of your final structure. Share with parents or other classmates.
Science: What are the different parts of a pumpkin?
Technology: Research how farmers grow and harvest pumpkins.
Engineering: Can you build a structure to support a real pumpkin?
Art: Draw a picture of what happened to the five pumpkins after they rolled out of sight.
Math: Measure how high your structure is with snap cubes.
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Inside you’ll find entertaining and educational projects like:
– Fizzing Pumpkins
– Spider Web Science
– Magic Potions Density Tower
– Milk Jug Skeletons & so much more!
Lindsey Van Zee says
Thanks for sharing your great ideas! My preschoolers love this book/song/video and I’m looking forward to extending their excitement.
Erin Killeen says
absolutely perfect for fall! Thanks so much for sharing this.
Stephanie Esser says
I am sooo.. excited to try these in October!! Stephanie